Thursday, June 1, 2006

Man Convicted of Killing Wife Seeks Sex Change Operation

"A man serving a life sentence for murdering his wife is asking a federal judge to order the state to pay for a sex-change operation, arguing that denying him the surgery amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. A psychiatrist testified Tuesday that he believes Robert Kosilek, who now goes by Michelle, will commit suicide if state corrections officials refuse to allow the surgery and Kosilek is unable to complete the transformation into a woman. Kosilek, 57, was convicted of strangling his wife, Cheryl, in 1990. In 2002, U.S. District Judge Mark Wolf ruled Kosilek was entitled to treatment for gender identity disorder, but he stopped short of ordering the state to pay for a sex-change operation." By Denise Lavaoie, AP,Chron.com Link to Article (last visited 5-31-06 NVS)

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